SPHL Today: 01-20-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 20, 2023) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with five games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com

Birmingham @ Roanoke (7:05 p.m. EST, 6:05 p.m. CST)

Birmingham Bulls (18-10-1)

• Michael Gillespie is second in the league with 19 goals
• Gillespie is second in the SPHL with 43 points (19g, 24a)
• Gillespie’s 24 assists are third in the SPHL
• Birmingham is a league-best 12-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 0-1-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (19-7-2)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 13 goals
• Nick Ford leads the Dawgs with 27 points (7g, 20a)
• Ford’s 20 assists are a team-best
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 15 wins while ranking second with a 2.25 goals-against average
• The Dawgs sit tied atop the SPHL standings with 40 points
• Roanoke is 1-0-0 against Birmingham

Fayetteville @ Huntsville (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Fayetteville Marksmen (15-13-2)

• Drake Glover leads the Marksmen with 15 goals
• Brian Bowen leads the Marksmen in assists (16), and points (30)
• Austin Alger is second among rookies with 10 power play points
• Taylor McCloy is tied for third in the SPHL with three game-winning goals
• Brian Bowen ranks tied for first in the league with 151 shots on goal
• Fayetteville has not yet played Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (18-9-2)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 14 wins, while his 2.61 gaa is the fourth-best amongst netminders
• Huntsville has two of the top four shooting percentage players with Austin Martinsen (27.3%), and Kyle Clarke (26.9%)
• Dominick Procopio leads the league with a +23 rating
• Huntsville has not yet played Fayetteville

Evansville @ Vermilion County (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Evansville Thunderbolts (16-12-2)

• Zane Steeves ranks fourth in the league with 10 wins
• Scott Kirton leads the Thunderbolts with 15 goals
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville in assists (19) and points (31)
• The Thunderbolts are 11-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 3-1-0 against Vermilion County

Vermilion County Bobcats (4-21-1)

• Austin Albrecht leads the Bobcats in both assists (16) and points (21)
• Davis Kirkendall leads the team lead with six goals, two of them being on the power play and one being a game-winning goal
• Vermilion County is 1-2-1 against Evansville

Macon @ Pensacola (8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST)

Macon Mayhem (4-18-2)

• Tommy Munichiello (7g, 9a), and David Nippard (4g, 12a) are tied for the Mayhem lead with 16 points.
• CJ Hayes, Caleb Cameron, and Tommy Munichiello lead the Mayhem with seven goals
• David Nippard’s 12 assists are a team high.
• Rourke Russell is tied for fourth amongst defensemen with seven power-play assists and is tied for fifth with eight power-play points (1g, 7a)
• The Mayhem are 1-4-2 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (14-15-0)

• Garrett Milan leads the league with 27 assists
• Kolten Olynek (9g, 10a) is fifth in rookie scoring with 20 points
• Ryan Orgel leads all rookies in power-play points (12) and power-play assists (10)
• The Ice Flyers have the top home power play, converting 23 of 60 chances (38.3%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 31 goals in 102 chances (30.4%)
• Pensacola is 6-1-0 against Macon

Peoria @ Quad City (8:10 p.m. EST, 7:10 p.m. CST)

Peoria Rivermen (19-7-2)

• Alec Baer leads the Rivermen in goals (14), and points (32)
• Baer is third in the league with 11 power play assists
• Tyler Barrow leads all rookies with 30 points (11g, 19a)
• Barrow’s 19 assists are a team-high
• Eric Levine is tied for the league lead with two shutouts
• Peoria is 5-3-1 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (13-14-2)

• Michael Moran is tied for third in the league with 14 goals, which also leads the team
• Tommy Tsicos leads the Storm with 12 assists
• Moran also ranks tied for sixth with five power play goals
• Kevin Resop leads the league in both goals against average (2.21 gaa), and save percentage (0.931%)
• Quad City is 4-5-0 against Peoria